Another one of those bands that I’ve been ignoring for I have o idea what reasons, are The Mountain Goats. Well, basically it’s the project of John Darnielle, but he has several other people around him.
My first two obsessions – Dinu Lipatti’s Bones and Broom People are provided by the The Sunset Tree album. Such honest and simple music, in spite of the complicated subjects it deals with (death, domestic violence, drugs and alcohol). Simply beautiful.
I write down good reasons to freeze to death
In my spiral ring notebook
But in the long tresses of your hair
I am a babbling brook
Being a band with an amazing debut must be very tricky. Especially if that debut came naturally out of you, from an ache, a rage, depression, or something of this sort. Like it was with Bon Iver.
I bet every fan of Justin’s incredibly beautiful For Emma, Forever Ago, has this tiny fear that the new album – Bon Iver, Bon Iver – won’t have the same magic and emotional strength.
I’m listening to this new one for the first time and that fear is slowly disappearing, with each track I’m listening to. Justin managed to keep everything simple and beautiful. And this recipe works very good for him, once again. As the last song is ending, I’m thinking: fear not, it is safe, hit play.
My newest musical obsession comes in the shape of Eksi Ekso‘s brand new album, Brown Shark, Red Lion.
Quite different from the previous album, this one is less post-rock, more of a combination of chamber pop, indie, and other similars, but nevertheless incredibly beautiful.
I’ve been listening to it several times in the past 3-4 days and it’s been growing on me with each listening. Very energetic and catchy, it got to me from the first song and kept me interested till the last one. An explosion of sounds and vocals, very well put together.
When I was in high school I used to watch a lot of movies on TV with my mum. Most of the times on HBO. Didn’t really matter what it was, we would sit and watch the first few minutes to see if it gets to us.
One evening we were watching Crazy/Beautiful and suddenly a song hit me hard. From the very first notes. I scribbled a few lyrics to search them on the internet. I found out it was Emiliana Torrini‘s To Be Free. I couldn’t find her music anywhere at the time, but it always stuck to my brain that I really need to listen to some more of her music.
Finally, about a year and a half later, I came across Love In the Time of Science, the album which starts with To Be Free. I listened to it obsessively day after day after day. I grew to love Emiliana‘s voice and later pretty much all her releases.
Even though now I probably listen one of her albums a month, I still consider her one of my favourite female voices and love each of her albums. But none as much as Love In the Time of Science.
Today, I suddenly had the urge to listen to it. I think I haven’t in more than 3 months. It’s still incredibly beautiful: so smooth, so well balanced – jumping from dramatic songs to upbeat ones and none of the them are fillers. And I just realized I still know almost all of its lyrics 🙂